Montbell, Japan’s largest homegrown outdoor brand, is hosting their fifth annual photo contest. Photo submissions include mountaineering, trekking, camping, kayaking, cycling, fishing, climbing, hiking and enjoying outdoor activities. Landscape and nature photography may also be submitted. Enter for your chance to win a ¥50,000 Montbell gift card and other exciting prizes. Anyone is eligible.
- When: Until Aug. 31
- Web: montbell.us/special/event/montbell-photo-contest
This summer, Niseko welcomes Japan’s first multi-stage dual-cable zipline experience. This three-stage zip tour is 2,591 meters in length and the longest in Japan. Black Diamond Superfly, the longest zipline in this course, is one of the longest ziplines in Asia at 1,700 meters. All tours are guided and cost ¥15,000 per adult and ¥12,000 per child.
- When: July 1-Oct. 10
- Where: Niseko Hanazono Resort, Hokkaido
- Web: hanazononiseko.com/en
This is one of the largest international art festivals in Japan and this year, both local and international contemporary artists have been invited to exhibit their works at the Aichi Arts Center, which includes the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and the Aichi Prefectural Theater. The arts center is a five-minute train ride from Nagoya Station.
- When: July 30-Oct. 10
- Where: Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
- Web: aichitriennale.jp/en
Local farmers and people in the agricultural industry work together to revitalize Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 disaster by opening up their farms and fields for a unique, farm-to-table experienc e. Every month, Magonote Travel provides themed tours taking travelers to various farms around Fukushima. Spend the day learning and harvesting before being treated to a delicious lunch or dinner outdoors. Book ahead as space is limited (English translation available upon request). Tours include a taxi pick up and drop off service to your accommodation in Koriyama City or to and from Koriyama Station.
- When and Where:
July 23: Sunset Dinner and Stargazing Tour at Hop Japan Brewery
Aug. 20: Aizu-Jidori Chicken and Vegetable Course Lunch at Misaka Highlands’ Sunflower Field
Sept 17: Wine Tasting and French Cuisine at Winery Azuma Sanroku
Oct. 23: French Course Lunch at a 200-year-old Sake Brewery
- Web: magonotetravel.co.jp/foodcamp/en
Join local restaurants and bars as they showcase the best of Niseko’s culinary experiences and fresh autumn produce during harvest season.
- When: Sept. 15-18
- Where: Niseko, Hokkaido
- Web: nisekotourism.com